Topic: Finding Fela

Never before seen footage of Questlove’s interview from ‘Finding Fela’

If you caught Finding Fela on the big screen you’ll remember seeing Questlove give his insights on Fela Kuti‘s message and the uncompromising political stance behind his work. Limited to a short snippet in the actual documentary, okayafrica has unearthed full footage of the interview which has Quest telling the stories of how he came across Fela’s music in Santigold‘s jeep, the boldness of the afrobeat legend’s compositions, and how he got a morning phone call from Jay Z after an early showing of the Fela! musical.


What Ferguson police & protestors can both learn from Finding Fela

“Finding Fela!, a documentary chronicling the life of Fela Kuti, as well as the production of the renowned Broadway play, offers a glaring depiction of Kuti the talented musician and, more importantly, Kuti the revolutionary.
And as the face-off between civilians and militarized police forces continues in Ferguson, MO, his story is one that both police and protesters can learn from.” -Read the full article over at ThinkProgress


Finding Fela on CBS!

Finding Fela dream team – Alex Gibney (director), Stephen Hendel (producer) and Femi Kuti (Fela’s son) were interviewed by CBS on the new documentary focused on Fela’s life and Fela! The Musical.

Watch the full interview HERE


Finding Fela director interviewed by LA Times

Finding Fela award winning director, Alex Gibney, spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the making of the documentary.

“Finding Fela!” is a hall-of-mirrors documentary that dissects the complex public persona of the late Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti though the lens of the 2009 Broadway musical biography “Fela!” – Los Angeles Times

 Read the full interview HERE

Finding Fela opens in Los Angeles at the Nuart Theater on Friday, don’t miss out!
Tickets available HERE
Additional playtimes + tix: www.findingfela.com


Happy Birthday Tony Allen!

Happy Birthday Tony Allen!!

“He was my friend. We did things together nobody else did. He was my friend until the end.” -Tony Allen on Fela Kuti

Watch Tony Allen talk about his friend, Fela Kuti, in Finding Fela!

Playtimes + tickets available here: www.findingfela.com


Finding Fela opens in Washington DC / Denver CO / NYC

Finding Fela opens in Denver, NYC & Washington DC!
Get your tickets now!!

“The captivating and meticulous new film by Alex Gibney (“The Armstrong Lie”) is both a standard biography and a making-of movie, blending concert and interview footage of Fela, as he was universally known (even to his children), with scenes from rehearsals and performances of “Fela!” -Washington Post

Washington, DC Landmark’s E Street Cinema: http://bit.ly/1pXy8q5
Denver, CO Landmark Theater Chez Artiste: http://bit.ly/1pImFNT

NYC
IFC Theaters: http://bit.ly/U7w59Q
MIST Harlem – My Image Studios LLC: http://bit.ly/1paPCTE
Martha’s Vineyard Film Society: http://bit.ly/1pImYrS

For a full list of playdates + tickets head to www.findingfela.com
 


Finding Fela screening nationwide the month of August

“I hope fans of Fela Kuti come and see the movie, but it’s more important that people who don’t know about him but hear that it’s a good movie come and see the movie, because it’s one of the most important stories on the planet.” -Stephen Hendel (Finding Fela Executive Producer)

“Finding Fela is from Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney, and it starts from the very beginning of Kuti’s life. The film follows his choice to study music in London while his brothers studied to be doctors, when he started his first band, traveled to the United States and was influenced by the black power movement, came back to Nigeria ready to speak on the injustices going on in the country and how his life changed from then on, up until his death in 1997. The story is told through all those who knew him best: his kids (including Fumi, Seun and Yeni), his manager, Rikki Stein, his former drummer, Tony Allen, and many more people who met and worked alongside the man, or were simply influenced by his music, including Amir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots.” –Read the full review HERE

Finding Fela opening nationwide – all screen times available at www.findingfela.com


The soundtrack to Finding Fela is featured in Beats Music Highlights

The soundtrack to Finding Fela is featured in Beats Music Highlights today!

The soundtrack to the film ‘Finding Fela’ which tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (the fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) includes 17 of Fela’s classic tracks plus a never-before released live version of “Colonial Mentality” recorded at the New Afrika Shine in Fela’s hometown of Lagos and features Femi Kuti on saxophone.

Grab the app & start streaming: http://beats.mu/czWQ

Knitting Factory Records: shop.knittingfactoryrecords.com/products/finding-fela-soundtrack

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/FINDINGFELAITUNES
Amazon: smarturl.it/findingfelaamazon


5 Facts Rolling Stone Learned From the ‘Finding Fela’ documentary

“He was a lover, a fighter, a political activist, a polygamist, a thorn in the Nigerian government’s side, a bestselling recording artist, the basis for a hit Broadway show, a band leader, and most importantly, an African. Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela takes an in-depth look at the life and times of Fela Kuti, the legendary Afrobeat singer-songwriter who became a musical ambassador for his country and his continent.” –Rolling Stone

Head to Rolling Stone to learn 5 interesting facts about Fela Kuti from Finding Fela


Knitting Factory Records hosting Finding Fela Screening in NYC ++ discounted ticket

Knitting Factory Records presents a special screening on Friday, August 1st at 4:20PM at IFC in NYC with Q+A  with Rikki Stein (Fela’s Manager) and Femi Kuti (Fela’s son) to follow

RSVP to findingfelarsvp@gmail.com for discounted $10 ticket – first come, first serve so get there early!

Stream “Colonial Mentality” from the Finding Fela soundtrack

Pre-order from iTunes | Pre-order from Amazon | Pre-order from KFR

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